Week of June 27, 2004

Bear in Mind

Take a walk through the woods with Smokey Kids, at www.smokeybear.com/kids. You’ve heard Smokey the Bear’s motto, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Now find out how to keep trees safe from man-made blazes. Then gather your friends for some campfire games. Smoke Jumper challenges you to parachute down to a forest to fight wildfires. Read about the bear cub that New Mexico firefighters named Smokey in Bear Facts.

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

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What did Smokey the Bear weigh the same as when he was born?

a big loaf of bread
a pound of feathers
a bowl of honey


What do dog licenses usually cost?



What color is the man’s face in the poster “End Bad Breath”?



Welcoming a NewPet

Hold onto your leash and learn what it takes to care for a NewPet at www.newpet.com. Barb, the NewPet Advisor, will answer your questions about caring for animals. If you’re ready to adopt, use the shelter search to find animals that need good homes. The questionnaire will help you choose the perfect pet. Check out Quick Tips to find out why animals need a little time to adjust to a new home. Be sure to submit pictures and stories about your pets for others to enjoy.

Posters American Style

In America’s earlier days, posters were like Web sites. People came up with a message, added a graphic and created instant communication. Posters American Style at http://americanart.si.edu/
gives you a look at a creative art form that’s still going strong today. Some posters sell things and some give advice. Others have historical significance, such as the ones in The Impact. One poster of a rooster covered with eyeballs celebrated the opening of an art exhibit.

What is your favorite movie?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I download a free photo editor?
— Hope, Warrior, Ala.

Dear Hope: If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Fortunately, the Web has lots of photo editors available. Here are two programs that are free to download. VCW VicMan's Photo Editor at www.vicman.net/vcwphoto is for PCs, and FuturePaint 2 for Macs is at www.stazsoftware.com/shareware. If you don’t find a certain editing function in these programs, you can search the Web for a program that has what you want.

Dear Amy: What is Microsoft Longhorn?
— John, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dear John: Microsoft Longhorn is a new operating system, sort of a new and improved Windows. The graphics of Longhorn will be much fancier than those of Windows, and it will work with a new file system that Microsoft is developing. The file system will make it easier to find files. You can read a review of Longhorn at
http:// zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-1000281.html. It is slated for release in a year or two, so keep watching the Web for further developments. (This page is no longer available.)

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